Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the ducts and lobules, an area of the breast that produces milk. It can mature in one or both breasts. A monthly self-examination for unusual lumps can assist with early detection and prevention. Other tips for prevention included limited alcohol consumption, maintain a healthy body weight, staying physically active, and reducing the amount of fat in your diet. Learn about the disease and pick up as much information as you can find about the disease will help one to deal with the concerns of developing breast cancer, or knowing someone who has been diagnosed with the disease. Below are some risk factors involved with breast cancer.
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Risk factors:

• Older age.

• Menstruating at an early age.

• Older age at first birth or never having given birth.

• A personal history of breast cancer or benign (non-cancer) breast disease.

• A mother or sister with breast cancer.

• Treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chest.

• Breast tissue that is dense on a mammogram.

• Taking hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.

• Drinking alcoholic beverages.

• Chemicals in cosmetics, foods, products in household, environment, & health care

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Abnormal breast signs:

• Lump, hard knot or thickening

• Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening

• Change in the size or shape of the breast

• Dimpling or puckering of the skin

• Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

• Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast

• Nipple discharge that starts suddenly

• New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away.


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